Electro Harmonix Big Muff PI USA

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Distortion / Sustainer

  • Sounds à la Jimi Hendrix, Santana and Pink Floyd
  • True bypass
  • Long, creamy sustain
  • Fat fuzz sound
  • Unobtrusive treble
  • Transparent bass
  • Dimensions (W x D x H): 140 x 173 x 76 mm
  • Power supply with 9 V battery or 9 V DC power supply (coaxial connection - negative polarity inside - not included, e.g. Article Nr: 409939)
  • Made in USA
available since May 2001
Item number 147853
sales unit 1 piece(s)
Overdrive No
Distortion Yes
Fuzz No
Metal No

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Nearly 5 out of 5
Lie-Knot 17.11.2021
Incredible sustain.
I was half expecting it to be noisy but it's not.
All in all it's a great sound.
I really like it.

I dropped one star because there's no English manual. Just German, even though the box has English writing on it.
When I opened the battery enclosure, I found a battery in there already fully connected. Also, there was no silica gel bag in the box. It did make me wonder if I had been sent out a used pedal, even though I paid for a brand new one.
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I mean... It's 'da Muff!
DonSchlup 06.12.2021
Quite a few pedals are quintessential, But when you factor in price range, history, and character, not many are in the Big Muff category. You could, of course, get a few bucks more and get one of the variants, but if you're not that interested in pedalboard real estate, or after the very specific sound and are just interested in the Big Muff fuzz sound, this is arguably the best option for you, save maybe for some DIY clones. It's currently being used for some fun Seattle-style grunge sounds, but it fits right at home with anything that you want to do with a wall-of-sound type tone, or some very interesting dark, jazzy melodic work when the guitar shouldn't sound entirely like a guitar (just the tiniest bit alien).
It is, though, very full of character, and you can always recognize a Muff style pedal from a mile away in most mixes. Never met anyone who actually didn't like the sound, but I'm sure you're out there. It does play very well with synths as well as electric guitar (been using it also on some melodies with my Korg Minilogue XD, and it makes it sound like a very peculiar guitar some of the time).
And, as a cherry on the cake, it's also a fun pedal to mod, which is why I got two of them. The big box makes it so you can fit almost anything inside it and it won't get really cramped. So if you're not totally convinced on the sound, but get intrigued by it's spirit, change stuff around! Swap in resistors, take away diodes, or even take away one of the gain stages. All in all, in my opinion you can never go wrong with this piece of history, and everyone should have one in their arsenal.
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All hail the muff!
Benni D. 07.07.2016
First things first, the EHX Big Muff PI is a MASSIVE pedal! Having never owned one or seen one up close I was very surprised at the sheer size of the thing when it first arrived!

Don't let the giant size of the pedal put you off though, the Big Muff PI is a fantastic sounding fuzz pedal, used on countless classic records, and is a worthy addition to any pedalboard! If it's size is a concern, It's also available in a variety of smaller sizes.

The Big Muff sound is a heavily distorted, but warm and creamy fuzz, defined by its signature long sustained notes, which are often described as being 'violin-like'. It's an excellent pedal for both lead guitar and rhythm guitar and can even sound especially dirty on bass!

The pedal lacks any extensive features, opting for 3 knobs to control the extent of the Big Muff's fuzz. You may not have huge amounts of control, but the Tone and Sustain knobs provide the user with a simple way of sculpting rich, dirty tones. There are newer fuzz boxes on the market with more features, but in my opion the Big Muff doesn't need extra options to overcomplicate it's sound and design!

EHX's Big Muff PI is a fantastic pedal, with a rich heritage in guitar music. Every player should get one.
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Everything is awesome
Bretgrg 28.02.2022
It sounds really great with my Fender Stratocaster. Nice thick and saturated sound!
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